By ALEX WHITE | Staff Writer

The holidays are swiftly approaching and before we can blink, Christmas will be upon us.

With that, comes added expenses and concern with what gifts we will give to our loved ones. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to provide gifts to their families.

Thanks to APSU’s annual holiday Help an Elf program, these concerns can become a thing of the past. The Help an Elf program is sponsored by the department of student affairs and is designed to assist currently enrolled APSU students taking 12 or more credit hours that are not currently participating in another similar off campus program with providing gifts to their family. The program goal is to help APSU students with holiday shopping by providing gifts for their families.

Priority is given to new first time participants but the program has been very beneficial in the past and in 2009, more than 60 children of eligible APSU students were helped.

Through the Help an Elf program, eligible families will be adopted by an APSU organization, office, department or group who will provide their adopted family with gifts for their children.

The program has been helping APSU families since 1994 and has been a great way to get involved on campus and spread the holiday cheer.

The program is a way for other APSU students to help their peers by spreading generosity to those in times of need.

Applications for the 2010 Elf program are already available.

Deadlines to turn in the application is Monday, Nov. 22. The application must be returned to Student Affairs in MUC room 206.

To receive more information on the Help an Elf program or to see if you qualify for the program, please contact the APSU Student Affairs at (931)221-7341. TAS